Lecture Series

About the Series:

The objective of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture Series is to review, assess, and discuss various historical aspects of the health care sciences. The series runs from Fall to Spring. The Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture is the foremost presentation in this series that brings speakers of prominence to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Click here to see a list of all previous Annual Reynolds Lecturers.

Earning CMEs at Reynolds-Finley Lectures:

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


2014-2015 Lecture Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated on the schedule, all lectures are held from noon to one in the Edge of Chaos Atrium (http://theedgeofchaos.org), 4th floor, Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd. These lectures are free and open to the public. Box lunches are available on a first come, first served basis.

Parking is available in the UAB 9th Avenue Parking Deck (1602 9th Avenue South), located directly behind the Ryals School of Public Health. Attendees should only use the 9th Avenue entrance.

Thursday, September 25. Gabrielle Fox, Fine Binding and Book Conservationist, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Andreas Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica: Conservation of the Reynolds Historical Library's First Edition 1543.”

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Tuesday, October 21. Scott D. Swank, DDS, FACD, Curator of the National Museum of Dentistry and Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland. “Dentistry: Where Did It Start?”

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Tuesday, November 11. Jim Phillips, MA, Alabama/Birmingham historian. “Medical Practitioners and Medicines in Early Birmingham, 1871-1915.”

Thursday, February 5. William J. Benjamin, OD, MS, PhD, Director of Advanced Refractive Services, Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C./Michelson Laser Vision, Inc.; President, Material Performance Assessments, LLC. “Lewis & Clark: First Eye Care Practitioners West of the Mississippi.”

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36th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture, Friday, March 6. Bert Hansen, PhD, Professor of History, Baruch College, The City University of New York. “Louis Pasteur and the Pleasures of Art.” Note: This lecture will be held in Volker Hall, Lecture Room E, from 4-5 pm.

Abstract:  For over a century, Pasteur’s biographers have ignored his passionate and sophisticated love for painting and sculpture and the delight he took in his close friendships with leading artists. New research on this forgotten history enriches our understanding of his personality as well as his manner of working in the laboratory. The sober chemist, who had seemed to be devoted strictly to work and family, took enormous pleasure in the fine arts and used them to advance his career. A unique handwritten copy of Pasteur’s revolutionary book, Studies on Wine, which included paintings by a leading illustrator working in his laboratory, is one of the treasures of the Reynolds Historical Library of UAB. In a colorful slide show, Professor Bert Hansen will explore the artistic threads running from Pasteur’s childhood through his landmark scientific and medical discoveries until his death in 1895 at age 72.

Tuesday, April 7. Harriet Amos Doss, PhD, Associate Professor, UAB, Department of History. "The Civil War's Impact Upon the Psychology of Mobile Residents, 1865."

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